Poor salad. It’s often dismissed as an unnecessary stomach-filler, consisting of anemic lettuce, a cucumber slice, bits of tomato and cheese and topped with gloppy dressing.
But when it’s good, it’s absolutely delicious. Salads showcase the best of summer produce. They can be breathtaking simple to make, especially the dressing (shake up an acid, an oil and flavoring in a jar).
Salads can be hearty and they can be made in bulk for a crowd during cookout season.
Our food critics go beyond iceberg lettuce to search out the best salads in and around Kansas City.